LIX TAMERLANE 213 describe." He also refers to the feast at which the marriage of one of the princes of the blood was celebrated and at which the drinking went on all night. It is in- teresting to notice that Sharaf-u-Din mentions the presence of the ambassadors ; " for/' he writes, " even the smallest of fish have their place in the sea." Truly a delightful touch ! The Castilian gives instances of Tamerlane's justice, observing that " when a great man is put to death, he is hanged, but the meaner sort are beheaded." He also visited Pir Mohamed, son of Jahangir, who was named his grandfather's successor. He describes him as being very richly dressed in *cc blue satin, embroidered with golden wheels, some, on the back, and others on the breast and sleeves." He was watching a wrestling match and does not appear to have condescended to address the envoys. • t Finally Samarcand, ;• the beloved city of Tamerlane, " a little larger than the city of Seville," is described as surrounded by many gardens and vineyards, a description which still holds true. Its inhabitants were mainly captives brought from every part of the empire and "they are said to have amounted to one hundred and fifty thousand persons, of many nations, Turks, Arabs and Moors, Christian Armenians, Greek Catholics and Jacobites and those who baptize with fire on the face, who are Christians with peculiar opinions/51 Here we must leave the Castilian Knight, with deep gratitude for his valuable account of the dread Tamer- lane, whose kindness and liberality to this embassy, which was overwhelmed with gifts and supplies, contrasts very favourably with the starvation which Carpini en- dured when fulfilling a similar task at the Court of the grandson of Chengiz Khan. The Death of Tamerlane^ A.H. 807 (1405).—When Tamerlane returned in triumph to Samarcand after the defeat of Bayazid, he was, as the account shows, a very old man. But his lust of conquest did not diminish, and in A.H. 807 (1404) he convened a Diet at which he 1 Perhaps Hindus with their caste marks are here referred to.